OH NO NOT MY BABY – UK Pye International USA Normar/Wand
ALL IN MY MIND – 1961
ONE IN A MILLION – USA WAND 1966
Baby Take Me – (Duet with Chuck Jackson)
It’s Torture – 1985
(UK Freddie and The Dreamers had the UK hit: James Ray original)
All great tracks played at Manchester Allnighters – the lesser known ones got an airing at the Blue Note Club where DJ’s Dave Lomas & Dave Phillips bought every record they could by Maxine including his import copy on Wand of Maxine’s One In A Million.
“Oh No Not My Baby” was written by Carol King for Maxine but became a bigger hit for Manfred Mann in the early 1960’s. However, it was Maxine Brown that recorded it first and hers was played at Manchester soul clubs. Her Duets with Chuck Jackson are also rare items, e.g. – Something You Got on the UK Pye label 1967.
“Torture” was not released in the 60’s but in the mid 1980’s. It certainly is a fabulous recording and quite rightly highly praised on the current Northern Soul Scene. It reaches 410 on Kev Roberts Top 500 – SUPERB.
Yet another Former gospel singer, Maxine was from South Carolina (Kingstree) She sang in Gospel groups in new York.
“If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody” was originally recorded by James Ray.
1960 she signed with Normar for ‘All in My Mind’
1963 Wand – ‘Oh No Not My Baby’,’It’s Gonna Be Alright’, ‘Something You Got’ (with Chuck Jackson) ,’Hold On I’m Coming’, ‘Daddy’s Home’ “Baby Take Me” (With Chuck Jackson). This track was covered in the UK by the Steam Packet (Rod Stewart) who used it in their live appearances at the Twisted Wheel Club.
The big star female vocalist on Wand was Dionne Warwick, consequently Maxine was always overshadowed in the areas of artist promotion.
1969 she signed with Commonwealth United – ‘We’ll Cry Together’ and ‘I Can’t Get Along Without You’.
1971 Avco Records.
London HLU9286 1961 All In My Mind/ Harry, Let’s Marry
HMV POP1102 1962 Am I Falling In Love/ Promise Me Anything
Stateside SS188 1963 Ask Me/ Yesterday’s Kisses
Pye 7N25272 1964 Oh No Not My Baby/ You Upset My Soul
Pye 7N25299 1965 It’s Gonna Be Alright/ You Do Something To Me
Pye 7N25317 1965 One Step At A Time/ Anything For A Laugh
Pye 7N25410 1967 I’ve Got A Lot Of Love Left In Me/ Hold On
Pye 7N254341967 Since I Found You/ Gotta Find A Way
UK artist Karol Keyes did (a fair) version of Maxine’s ‘One In A Million’, and so did a group called Chapter Five. And Kev Roberts puts this fabulous 45 of Maxine’s in his Top 500 @ 456.